Lester Grinspoon Quotes

1. Free or Drug-Free

We in this country have to make up our minds, we can not have it both ways: we cannot be both drug-free and free.

—- Lester Grinspoon —-

2. Marijuana is one of the least toxic substances in the whole pharmacopoeia

3. Cannabis is remarkably safe.

Dr. Grinspoon in 2016

Cannabis is remarkably safe. Although not harmless, it is certainly less toxic than most conventional medicines it could replace if it was legally available. Despite its use by millions of people over thousands of years, cannabis has never caused an overdose death

4. Marijuana is effective

Marijuana is effective at relieving nausea and vomiting, spasticity, appetite loss, certain types of pain, and other debilitating symptoms. And it is extraordinarily safe – safer than most medicines prescribed every day. If marijuana were a new discovery rather than a well-known substance carrying cultural and political baggage, it would be hailed as a wonder drug.

5. There is no question about its safety

Dr. Grinspoon speaking at NORML

I have come to doubt whether the FDA rules should apply to cannabis. There is no question about its safety. It is one of humanity’s oldest medicines, used for thousands of years by millions of people with very little evidence of significant toxic effects. More is known about its adverse effects than about those of most prescription drugs.

6. Drugs make many non-users to behave irrationally

I began to study marijuana in 1967… I had not yet learned that there is something very special about illicit drugs. If they don’t always make the drug user behave irrationally, they certainly cause many non-users to behave that way.

7. There is a third category of marijuana use – enhancement

When I first began to study marijuana in 1967. I naively believed that its only use was a recreational drug. I soon came to understand that it also had a second important utility, as a medicine… Over the last decade and a half, I have come to believe that there is a third category of marijuana use – enhancement

8. I’ve been smoking marijuana for 44 years now, and … I think it’s a tremendous blessing.

Dr. Grinspoon smoking a joint

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